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Pride, Ownership, and Fair Labor: A Conversation with Jessica Stolpman

It is imperative, now more than ever, that we dig into the human side of our favorite wines, and ask how our favorite producers create sustainable work environments, not just vineyards. We wanted to know what an alternative to the existing labor system could look like for wine producers and for workers, so we took a deeper look at Stolpman Vineyards.


An Agricultural Model That Could Save The Planet: Nous

An Agricultural Model That Could Save The Planet: Nous

We're so inspired by Nous, a progressive cooperative based on sharing resources, regenerative practices encouraging soil health and biodiversity, and enabling small farmers to succeed in an industry dominated by BIG wine. Could this be the future for small-scale natural winemaking?

Decoding Organic Wine Labels

Decoding Organic Wine Labels

A primer on organic wine certification levels and what they mean from our friend Amanda Simpson of organic wine distributor Mountain Peoples Wine.

“I have a clear understanding of organic wine labeling and can confidently select wines that match my values…”, said no one ever. Wine labels are confusing. For consumers who want to purchase wines that are grown organically, made organically, or both, it gets even more complicated. As the leading California distributor of organic wines for 25 years, we know a little something about organic labeling and would...


Natural Wine Tasting Guide: Bay Area

Natural Wine Tasting Guide: Bay Area

So, you're planning a trip to Napa or Sonoma and want the bucolic wine country experience. But now, you're fully aware of the difference between conventional and natural wine, so you can't just head up Highway 29 and wing it like in the old days, before you KNEW. A quandary, for sure, as most of Napa isn't farmed organically. And generally winemaking there is very formulaic, the following of a recipe to achieve a consistent product that gets the scores and justifies the price tag. In other words, the opposite of natural. Because, let's be honest, most visitors are coming for the Disneyland wine country experience -- the perfectly groomed vineyards, the cult Cabernets, the fancy shit.

LAVA ACTUALLY

LAVA ACTUALLY

You’ve probably heard the term “volcanic wine” thrown around lately.  As in, “I only drink volcanic wines these days,” from your hipster friend, or “I heard about this volcanic wine from Etna called Susucaru from Action Bronson, but I can’t find it anywhere,” from about a million followers of Action’s Vice show, F**ck That’s Delicious.  […]

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